The number of people going to university and working whilst a student has increased over recent years. Our tax specialist answers some of the most common questions on the subject. If you don’t find an answer to your question below, please send us an E-mail:
I am a student in the UK. Can I claim a tax rebate?
Almost all students who work can claim a tax refund. If you live and work in the UK, you are given a tax free allowance. In the 2009/2010 tax year this was £6,475. Your tax free allowance is usually drip fed into your pay cheque throughout the year, so that you get part of the allowance in each pay packet. If, as a, student you earn below £6,475 or are only working during the summer or at Christmas, it is highly likely that you will not have been given your entire tax free allowance and therefore you will be eligible to claim a tax refund.
Often people think that just because they are a student they can claim a tax refund; this is incorrect. Only those students who earn less than the tax free allowance can claim all their tax back. They are not eligible simply because they are a student.
Can I claim back all the tax deducted from my student job?
If you earn below the tax free allowance (£6,475 in the 2009/2010 tax year) then you will be able to claim back all the tax that you have paid. If you have earned more, you will still be able to make a claim but it is unlikely you will be able to claim all your tax back.
How do I know how much my student tax refund will be?
When you stop working for your employer you should be given a P45. Alternatively, at the end of the tax year you should be given a P60. These documents will tell you how much you have paid in tax and how much you have earned. Put these totals into our tax refund calculator and it will calculate your tax refund due.
My employer did not give me a P60/P45. Can I still claim my student tax back?
Yes. Ask your employer for a ‘statement of earnings’. They are required by law to give you this if you ask for it. A statement of earnings is a sufficient replacement for a P60 or P45 for HMRC.
I am an International Student. Can I claim a tax refund?
Yes international students and domestic students are both eligible to make a claim for a tax refund if they have worked in the UK.
I was a student more than 4 years ago, is it too late to claim?
No. You can make a claim for up to 6 years in arrears. If you worked as a student anytime in the last 6 years, now is the time to make a claim, before it is too late.
How do I claim my student tax back?
There are two ways to make a claim. You can make a claim yourself or you can use a tax agent to help you. If you are making your tax refund claim yourself, you will need:
- Any P45/P60’s
- A P91 – Employment History form
- P85/P86 – Leaving/Entering the UK forms
- Covering Letter
- Form P38(S)
You will need to send the above documents to your tax office. A tax refund agent will obtain all the information required on your behalf and will submit your claim to the Inland Revenue and secure your refund for you.
Can I claim a National Insurance refund if I am a student?
If you are a student living in the UK you can claim a National Insurance refund.